Ruth Cole

While Ruth initially painted in an expressionist style she now describes her work as ‘painterly …

While Ruth initially painted in an expressionist style she now describes her work as 'painterly ...

While Ruth initially painted in an expressionist style she now describes her work as ‘painterly …

While Ruth initially painted in an expressionist style she now describes her work as 'painterly ...


Ruth was Born in Winchester England in 1961 and emigrated to New Zealand in 1972.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam Auckland University.  In 1988, she graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts (1st Class Hons).

Ruth tutored at Elam School of Fine Arts from 1986 before moving to Munich Germany in 1990.  Ruth returned to New Zealand in 1993 and now lives in coastal West Auckland.

While she initially painted in an expressionist style she now describes her work as 'painterly realism'. She sees this as being in the spirit of earlier New Zealand landscape painters such as Fristrom, Robert Johnson and Frances Hunt. She finds challenge and fulfilment in capturing the shifts of light and weather across the landscape and in dynamic forms.

Ruth has exhibited widely and has won numerous awards for her work. Her paintings are held in private and corporate collections.

Examples of Ruth’s work can be viewed at Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.

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Ruth Cole Artist Bio
  • Landscape - Wetland Reflections by Ruth Cole

    Wetland Reflections

    Width: 150cm x Height: 90cm

    Price: $5000

    Available for hire

  • Parrot Fever

    Parrot Fever

    Width: 153cm x Height: 91cm

    Price: $4000

    Available for hire

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